Share the Bear


 Recognize (e.g. "Do share and bear rhyme?") and/or produce (e.g. "What rhymes with share?") words that rhyme with share

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • share
  • bear
  • care
  • tear


  • Teddy bear
  • Share the Bear song (see below - to the tune of Skip to My Lou)

State and model the objective  
Tell the children that they will share a bear and practice saying words that rhyme with share.

Practice the skill within an activity

Share the Bear game

  • Have the children sit in a circle and sing the Share the Bear song (see below) as the bear is passed around the circle.
  • Point out the words within the song that rhyme (share, bear, care) and have the children emphasize those words by singing them louder than any other word in the song.
  • When the song ends, the child holding the bear gets to choose someone to share the bear with.
  • When the child has chosen someone to share the bear with, have the children say, "Take care of the bear so it does not tear."
  • Repeat the activity, and give several children the opportunity to share the bear. 

Game variation

  • Sing the song again, and have the children jump in the air every time they hear the rhyming words (share, bear, care).

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with thumb
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (share, bear, care, tear).
    • Have the children think of things that rhyme with share that they could share with the bear (e.g., a pear, a chair).
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
      • "How about pear?  Does pear rhyme with share?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) "Could you share a pear with a bear?"
      • "Do chair and share rhyme?" (Nod your head yes) "Could you share a chair with a bear?"
  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. share, bear).
    • Ask the children to show you thumbs up if the words rhyme and thumbs down if the words do not rhyme.
    • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., care, tear; wear, there; fair, cat; flair, mare; hair, dare; rare, hot; stare, glare).
    • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.  

SEEL Target Texts

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Share the Bear Song (to the tune of Skip to My Lou)

Share, share, share the bear,
Share, share, share the bear,
Share, share, share the bear,
Share the bear with care, please!

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Recognize (e.g., “Do share and bear rhyme?”) and/or produce (e.g., “What rhymes with share?”) words that rhyme with share.  


  • Teddy bear 

Activity: Share the Bear

  • Have your child teach you the Share the Bear song below (to the tune of Skip to My Lou):
    • Share, share, share the bear. 
    • Share, share, share the bear.
    • Share, share, share the bear.
    • Share the bear with care, please!
  • Sing the song together while passing the bear back and forth. When the song ends, have the person who is holding the bear say a word that rhymes with share (e.g., bear, care, wear, there, hair, pear, fair).
  • After singing the song several times, think together of people with whom you could share the bear (e.g., siblings, parents, neighbors, friends, grandparents). 
  • Sing the song again, putting one of the names you thought of into the last line, “Share the bear with ___.” 
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic feature of print.